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Getting To Know: Crystal Antlers

By Crystal Antlers; photos by Pixie Mol, CR Stecyk III on January 14, 2014

 

Getting To Know: Crystal Antlers


 

DREAM COLLABORATION

Stevie Wonder (Secret Life of Plants era).  JONNY BELL
 

OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL

Why does a band have to be an animal?  
 

IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

Music Hall MMF 5.1 turntable, Altec 353A stereo tube amplifier, Altec 821A speakers.
 

 BEST SHOW EVER

Primavera Sound 2009, in Barcelona. We got to play with some of our favorite bands; the lineup was amazing. It was probably the largest crowd we had ever played for at the time, and they were incredibly responsive and really got what we were doing. To close our set, we were joined onstage by Marnie Stern, members of Girls, and members of Vivian Girls, with whom we had been touring for a few weeks. Playing Primavera was an honor and a moment in which I felt success.  ANDREW KING
 

WORST SHOW EVER

A Red Bull event we played some time ago during CMJ. It was probably our fourth show of the day, 
late at night, we were all really burnt-out and hopped-up on caffeine. The sound was horrible 
and I could hardly focus. I wanted to jump out of 
the window and land on my head.  ANDREW KING
 

ON THE ROAD

No shortage of stories here.
 

LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD

Right now, as we’re about to embark on a North American tour, I’d have to say the Canadian border. They hassle the shit out of us every time—and, no, we’re not felons with DUIs. We were randomly singled out and strip-searched once, and so they’ve decided that’s grounds to interrogate us every time we cross, from now until the end of time… Going to be crossing the border four times on this tour. 
Pray for us.  
 

WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN...

 

We get our own signature-model Fender guitars and basses. Being able to pay the rent would be a good sign, too.  


About the photo: 
This is a 35mm print of an image taken by our comrade CR Stecyk III. It's a speaker from a decommissioned Pacific drive-in theater dangling by its cable in the middle of the California Mojave Desert. This image is Crystal Antlers



3 albums that inspired Crystal Antlers to make music
 

 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Lick My Decals Off, Baby
 
I was probably 15 or 16 when I first heard it. It redefined what music could be to me—like every door opening at once. I’d thought about so many of the things they were doing before, but had no idea that it was possible. So important.  JONNY BELL
 
 
 
 
 
 Bad Brains
Rock For Light
 
I first found out about Bad Brains when I was about 15 years old. It was actually the first piece of vinyl I ever purchased. My best friend at the time took me to a record store and as I looked through the A’s, nothing excited me. I got to the B’s, first band in the bin: Bad Brains. As soon as I saw their photo on the back and saw that they were Rastas playing punk-rock and reggae—my two favorite genres at the time—I knew I’d be hooked. No questions asked, I bought the record and it hasn’t left my turntable since. It has forever changed my life.  ANDREW KING
 
 
 Television
Marquee Moon
 
I was in high school, probably 15 when I heard this record. I was in love with all the classic punk albums, but didn’t know where to look next. I was really, really excited to hear an album that was so different. It was a gateway drug to my musical addiction. I started buying all different types of albums, not just the ones that had cool punk art. I hadn’t really heard anything that had that level of musicianship and didn’t sound cheesy to me as a 15-year-old. I think it bridged a gap for me between what I grew up listening to, like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and the more abstract stuff that I wanted to hear.  
KEVIN STUART

This article is from FILTER Issue 54